The Shanti Project
 

About Volunteer Services

Shanti offers opportunities for members of the community to be of service, to put their compassion, their skills, and their interests into action to support people living with the challenges of HIV and cancer, and other life challenges.

Volunteer opportunities at Shanti include:

  • Peer Support Client Match: Peer support volunteers get paired one-on-one with Shanti clients who may be women with cancer, people living with HIV, Hepatitis C, or are LGBT seniors (2-6 hours a week based on volunteer's schedule). Peer support volunteers provide emotional support (supportive listening, conversation, companionship) and practical assistance (light housekeeping, errands, laundry, cooking, pet care). A 24-hour training is required and provided.

  • Drop-in Center Peer Support: Drop-in volunteers support clients much in the same way Peer Support Volunteers do, in a different setting. These volunteers help out during drop-in hours (Tuesday and/or Thursday Mornings), and will have interactions with many different clients, rather than a one-on-one match.

  • Activities Desk (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday at Shanti; one day a week): Desk volunteers, using customer service skills and/or entertainment experience, reserve and distribute free event tickets (concerts, live theater, and more) to clients via the phone and in person.

  • Internships: Quality supervision and meaningful experiences for students in need of practicum or internship experiences in the fields of HIV and/or women’s cancer.

  • Fundraising (one or two times per year): Volunteers plan, implement, and staff special events using creativity, committee skills and experiences.

  • Pet Support: PAWS volunteers assist clients in caring for their pets through supportive pet care services, including dog-walking, in-home cat care, foster care, transports to and from the veterinarian, specialized animal care (nail clipping, bathing, subcutaneous fluids, vet/vet tech consultation), distribution of pet food through an onsite food bank, and preparation and delivery of pet food to home bound clients.

  • Wellness Activity/Workshop Leader: Wellness volunteers support women with cancer by leading workshops or activities that are beneficial to clients. Some of our current workshops include nutrition, jewelry making, photography, affordable housing 101 and meditation. Shanti’s client base is broad, and many different types of activity are welcomed.

  • Administrative Support: Administrative volunteers are typically interns, or volunteers who have committed to assisting Shanti with a variety of duties including, but not exclusively, clerical support, data entry, and other duties as assigned.

  • Special Events: Special event volunteers lend a helping hand at Shanti fundraisers and other outreach events.

  • Skills-Based Volunteering or Pro Bono Work: Skills-based volunteers act as consultants for Shanti. This type of volunteering is especially relevant for those who work in tech, or those who have specialized skill sets such as videography.

    Shanti volunteers are given training to support their work and are rigorously supported in their service.

Volunteer opportunities are offered for English or non-English speakers through Shanti Volunteer Services. For more information and on how to apply, contact Volunteer Services or call (415) 674-4708.


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Shanti volunteers are given training to support their work and are rigorously supported in their service.

Volunteer opportunities are offered for English or bilingual Spanish-English speakers through Shanti Volunteer Services. For more information and on how to apply, contact Volunteer Services or call (415) 674-4708.


Peer Support Trainings

Spring 2016
Friday, March 18th
6 - 9:30pm
Saturday, March 19th
9am - 5:30pm
Sunday, March 20th
9am - 5:30pm
Wednesday, March 23rd
6 - 9:30pm


Summer 2016
Friday, August 12th
6 - 9:30pm
Saturday, August 13th
9am - 5:30pm
Sunday, August 14th
9am - 5:30pm
Wednesday, August 17th
6 - 9:30pm


Fall 2016
Friday, November 11th
6 - 9:30pm
Saturday, November 12th
9am - 5:30pm
Sunday, November 13th
9am - 5:30pm
Wednesday, November 16th
6 - 9:30pm


Winter 2016
Friday, January 27th
6 - 9:30pm
Saturday, January 28th
9am - 5:30pm
Sunday, January 29th
9am - 5:30pm
Wednesday, February 1st
6 - 9:30pm


Please note that interested volunteers must attend ALL of the training dates listed above.

Volunteer/Internship Opportunities


For more information, please contact Volunteer Services via email or call 415-674-4708.

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